If you dream of playing on stage in front of thousands of people, creating a seminal masterpiece in the studio, or dropping beats at legendary dance clubs around the globe, The Manchester College should be your number one choice music college.

Why study Music in Manchester? 

At the No.1 Further Education College in Greater Manchester for achievement* we offer courses for singers, musicians, DJs and studio engineers that will take your skills to the next level. Our focus will be to get you ready for a successful career in this tough, but exciting industry.  

We offer a wide variety of Music college courses for every experience level for those aged 16-18, including Music Performance and Production with a blended pathway or choose from Performance or Production. If you're aged 19+ and you're looking for a short course to improve your skills and knowledge in a certain area, we also offer short courses such as Music Technology and Production. 

In our state-of-the art facilities at City Campus Manchester, you will learn from experienced DJs who still perform all over the world and gigging musicians that tour the length and breadth of the country, as well as receive masterclasses from some of the best in the business. 

Based in the heart of Manchester, with its legendary music scene, you will perform regularly for the public and have lots of opportunities to network.

Our Music courses are offered at City Campus Manchester. Find out more about our new facilities

*As per the latest Government National Achievement Rates Tables (NARTs)

Can you reach your potential in Music? You can with us!

Make it possible today, view our range of Music courses and apply to study at the No.1 Further Education College in Greater Manchester for achievement*.

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Industry standard pro gear

You’ll take your next step towards an exciting career in the music industry in the incredible facilities that we boast at our City Campus Manchester.

Our professional standard studios are unparalleled, our technology and equipment is state-of-the-art and our performance spaces are first class.

They include six recording studios, professional, industry-specification band rooms, DJ mixing booths and specialist recording equipment! You’ll also have access to rehearsal spaces where you can perfect your performance and six Mac suites running industry software such as Logic, Sibelius and Ableton, where you can fine tune your recordings.

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Play for the masses

Our students regularly light up venues across the city, including at the relentlessly successful and highly innovative Band on the Wall, where our musicians host and collaborate on a whole range of pro-level activities and real-life industry standard activities and performances.

We don't just send you out on stage with no preparation. You’ll get to spruce up your material in our suite of rehearsal rooms and two purpose-built theatres at City Campus Manchester. That's if you’re not putting your talents to use in one of the recording studios.

Experience a career

When you study music at The Manchester College you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world-renowned Manchester and North-West music scene.

Our music department has long-standing links with a full ensemble of industry partners, and we work in perfect harmony to open the doors that enable you to experience an exciting career in this thriving sector. 

We work with a broad range of the City's venues, seeing us create an impressive backlog of gigs that we have supported our students to produce. And for all the fun this can be it is also an amazing opportunity to experience what working in the industry is like!

Some of the music industry partners and venues we work with include:

  • Band on the Wall
  • The Bridgewater Hall
  • Contact Theatre
  • Pie Radio
  • Reform Radio
  • Warehouse Project
  • ThisIsNQ

When you take a music course at The Manchester College, you’ll be taught by a team that doesn’t just talk the talk but has actually walked the walk. With experience that spans decades, and touches almost every corner of the music industry, your tutors still maintain close industry links that keep us at the cutting edge of the sectors latest developments.

Stuart Steen - Assistant Principal

Stuart is Assistant Principal for the Creative Industries department which includes Creative and Digital Media, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. He is passionate about developing staff and students and their ability to become successful in whatever they do. He manages a team of experts across the Creative Industries department that are experts in their field and focused on ensuring our students develop the best possible knowledge and skills to equip and prepare them for their chosen career.

Lucy Oldham - Head of Department

Lucy has been working in arts education for 16 years, first as teacher then curriculum manager. She started life as an actress and singer with 10 years touring and rep theatre which took her far and wide.
She fell in love with working with young people through that time and has specialist experience of working with students who find traditional educational environments a challenge.
Lucy is focused on ensuring equity and equality of opportunities within the Performing Arts and Music for all the communities of Greater Manchester and is dedicated to championing young artists and enabling them to forge their way in the industry.

Kerry Kawai - Department Team Leader

Kerry has worked for the college for 17 years in Performing Arts and still directs and produces shows in and around the North West and worked as an actor for 10 years  prior to this. She spent some time producing successful club nights in London alongside a team of creatives and did a lot of promotional work

Steve Smith - Team Leader, Further Education

Steve has worked on several projects throughout his career as a freelance sound designer and computer games composer, as a studio sound engineer and an events manager working in partnership in the live sound festival circuit for the communities of Manchester. Steve has also released music close to his heart that is Jungle / DnB and cannot pass a set of decks without “having a go”. 

Paul Beevers - Tutor

Paul specialises in guitar and performance. He has been involved in the Lancaster music scene for longer than he cares to remember, and has played in various bands over the years at festivals across Europe. 

Paul currently plays numerous gigs each year as guitarist and bouzouki player in North West-based ceilidh band Price of My Pig. 

Rosie Fortune - Tutor

Rosie has worked at the college for over 10 years and specialises in vocal technique and group performance.

She brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the classroom where she shares her first hand and current experience of the music industry with learners. She is an accomplished vocalist who performs regularly with funk, soul and disco band, Dreamer, playing floor fillers from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s at major venues across the North West. Rosie continues to attend courses and masterclasses, ensuring she is best placed to teach and coach vocalists to ensure they stand out from the crowd.

Lee Gizon - Tutor

Lee has over 25 years of experience playing and recording in live bands all over Europe, including established acts such as Muse, Arctic Monkeys and the 1975. 

His music and videos have been played all over the world most recently on Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio Lancashire and MTV2.

As well as teaching Music Performance and Technology, he is still recording and performing all over the UK.

Mark McKinley - Tutor

Mark started his DJing career at the age of 15 playing venues such as Sequins, Fantazia, Mythology and the legendary Hacienda, where he won the North West DMC DJ Championships. He’s also DJ’d across the world in Malia, Ibiza, Brussels and in the US as well as at Glastonbury.

Mark has produced his own music with his DJ group, The Mix Factory, who charted in the UK singles chart and also gained success in the American charts.

Josef Ward - Tutor

Josef plays trumpet and keyboards and has performed with professional bands and artists such as Sam Lee, Aim, Mr Scruff, Roy Ayres and many more, both in the studio and on tour.

He has performed at many professional venues and festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Ronnie Scotts and at Maida Vale for the John Peel Show on Radio 1.

He also specialises in music production and has released albums and remixes, and he continues to work in the studio creating original music.

Mak Dawson - Tutor

After graduating our Music Performance course in 2013, Mak is returning with a specialism in popular music songwriting. Mak has been working and performing with established touring acts around the UK and Europe including stages at major UK festivals.

Mak has also taken various roles in the music industry in Manchester, London and Leeds, and is now working to produce brand new records from upcoming bands here in Manchester.

Chris Thomas - Tutor

Chris is a soulful DJ, electronic musician and artist from Bradford who has been providing music to the jazz, soul, house and funk crowd for several years. Chris enjoys making and selecting exciting and danceable music which can keep people moving all night. He is also an avid vinyl collector with thousands of records, as well as large digital music collections.

Jordan Peacock - Tutor

Jordan started out as a DJ in 2011, entering both the DMC and IDA DJ championships and since 2015 has won 7 national finals in various categories. Doing this has allowed him to work with the DJ equipment brand RANE as a RANE artist and he has been a beta tester for Numark. Jordan has been working in education since 2017 in different settings and is still actively working in the music industry through DJing, performing live sets and releasing his own music.

Tom Burford - Tutor

Tom specialises in music production, DJing and live electronic performance. As an artist Tom has released music on record labels including Rhythm Section International, Shall Not Fade and Band on the Wall, as well as remixing artists such as Azymuth’s Ivan Conti, and being remixed by the likes of Ross From Friends.

Tom has toured around Japan, Europe and East Africa, performing at venues and festivals including Nyege Nyege, The Warehouse Project and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tom also holds down a long-standing residency on NTS radio.

Richard Walker - Tutor

Richard Walker is a music producer and songwriter specialising in rap, drill, R&B and Afrobeats. He has had success in the industry securing several tracks with Universal Music and Warner Brothers which have been aired globally on shows like Sky Sports, Channel 4 and the BBC. Richard also has a degree in Music Technology and a PGCE qualification.

In addition to courses for 16 to 18-year-olds, we also offer courses for adults in Music Technology and Music Production which will enable you to start from Level 1 and progress all the way through to degree level.

Our Level 1 and 2 courses are delivered one evening per week with two intakes each year: September to December and January to May.

Our Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology is delivered over three-days a week and can give you enough UCAS points to progress onto university and degree level study.

Find out more about our adult courses and apply today:

L3 Music Technology and Production

L2 Music Technology and Production

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The Manchester College is committed to ensuring all our students receive the support they may need to achieve and enjoy college. We do this in a number of different ways including:

  • Student Experience Support Team
  • Careers Employability & Welfare
  • Pastoral Support Officers
  • Supported Learning

We also offer a bespoke transition service to new applicants with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), accessibility or medical need.

Find out more about our student support offer:

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Find out even more about our Music department in our subject area guide or on our YouTube playlist:

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Tido Nguyen

My time at The Manchester College helped me to find my strengths and weaknesses in music and made me realize what I actually want to do in the music industry. The Manchester College was the perfect environment to experiment with my interests in song writing, producing and audio engineering.

Tido Nguyen • Pulse Music Group Songwriter and Producer
Gaby Zacara

Shena Simon was great for me. The people I met and support I had was invaluable. I was taught every skill I could possibly have needed to make it myself out there in the industry, and my confidence grew so much for it all.

Gaby Zacara • Musician, Songwriter and Lyricist

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